R Mania


So I know I have mentioned more than once the ambivalence about getting married R Man and I have after we’ve been together almost 27 years. While I can’t speak for him, here’s one plenty good reason why I’m marrying him:

Isn’t he dreamy? What kind of dope wouldn’t snag someone who looks like this?

I have this picture as my screen saver at work and over the years as people drop by my desk for the first time, the conversation inevitably goes something like this:

“Who’s that? Is he a model?”

“He’s my boyfriend. He’s a lawyer.”

That guy is your boyfriend?”

The conversation sputters to a halt as they try to think of a nice way to ask what someone who looks like that is doing with me. Their tone of astonished bafflement is my cue to change the subject and ask what they need with my own tone implying that hanging around my cubicle may not be such a hot idea. I’m sure there are plenty of my co-workers who are convinced I have cut out a photo from some fashion magazine and claimed it as my partner.

I have long since grown accustomed to the disparity in our looks, but I know in a gay world where lovers so very often look like clones of each other, it’s not something expected. I’m just glad for it.

Anyway, R Man, aside for being gorgeous, is also temporarily lamed. He has a disc problem in his back resulting in a compressed nerve which is generating a lot of pain for the poor thing. He has MRIs and doctor appointments scheduled next week, so we’ll see what’s up.

About mrpeenee

A former bon vivant and terror of a number of New Orleans bars in the mad, gay 1980s, I'm now quietly retired and widowed in San Francisco. I have a crooked nose due to an unfortunate Frisbee accident.

11 responses »

  1. Sorry to hear about hubby’s back pain! Hope he feels better soon…however, I wouldn’t mind having a lovely hunk of man laid up in my bed for an indefinite period of time, so look on the bright side!


  2. He’s gorgeous! And if your photo is anywhere near the truth, you’re not exactly a gargoyle. And I know for sure that you’re smart as a whip and funny as Hell, so it seems like a pretty even match up.Bummer about the back.


  3. Thanks to everybody for your sympathy for R Man, which I have passed along.Elizabeth, thanks plenty. Yet anther transparent ploy at dragging out undeserved flattery that worked. Yes!And Miss Janey, who told you? Huh? Who?


  4. Oh, Peenee, I know how you feel. About five minutes after meeting Mr. Muscato, people always turn to me and say something along the lines of “But he’s so <>nice<>!” like they just assumed that anyone who’s put up with me for this long must be some kind of bitter, twisted loon…


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